Meet The Dogtown, Punk and Beastie Boys Photographer Glen E. Friedman

Since the mid-1970s, Glen E. Friedman has stood as a combatant protagonist, narrating quintessential members of underground and counterculture movements, capturing pivotal and defining moments in a music and street scene largely absent from mainstream culture.

Friedman's also a published author of two exceptional, anti-establishment monographs, Fuck You Heroes and Fuck You Too; and in 2014 he opened his first UK exhibition in almost 20 years.

Jay Adams. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Jay Adams. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Although the name may not be familiar, you will have no doubt seen countless restorations of his work. Friedman has not only been the man behind the iconic images of Run DMC, Black Flag, LL Cool J, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, and the Beastie Boys; but he's also known as the high-octane pool rat responsible for those intimate photographs of Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta.

Friedman has been described as "one of the most important photographers of his generation," and throughout much of the 1990s, his work became the embodiment of underground sub-cultures. Rich in colour, commotion and magnitude, many of Friedman's offbeat portraitures now serve as seminal vignettes; the definitive portraits of their subjects.

The exhibition My Rules, hosted by ATP and Givens, sits amid London's Covent Garden at 14 Henrietta Street and will run until this Sunday January 18. It's an accompaniment which coincides with the release of My Rules the book, published by Rizzoli International.

A testament of integrity for the three powerhouse countercultures of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop. The energy and rebellion shine through

This exhibition comprises of over 50 colour + black and white fine art photographic prints, many of which have never been exhibited before. Classic images from Friedman’s last UK exhibition at the ICA in 1997 are also included. The exhibition also includes audio installations from Ice-T, Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat), Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, alongside an unreleased audio interview with Jay Adams. After it's London debut, the My Rules exhibition is expected to continue on a world tour.

Black Flag. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Black Flag. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Beastie Boys. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Beastie Boys. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Public Enemy. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Public Enemy. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Bad Brains. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Bad Brains. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Beastie Boys and Run DMC. Photography: Glen E. Friedman

Beastie Boys and Run DMC. Photography: Glen E. Friedma

Glen E. Friedman & Ian MacKaye discuss some of the photographs in MY RULES

Watch old friends Glen E. Friedman and Ian MacKaye discuss some on the photographs in the forthcoming book My Rules at Dischord House just outside of Washington DC.

Writer and photographer from South London, UK. If you want to get in touch please email me at: matthew.kirby@konbini.com